Richard Branson’s “Project” Magazine for the iPad usually costs $2.99 but thanks to “Virgin America and Virgin Mobile Canada, we’re now able to offer PROJECT magazine for free over the Christmas period!” You can consider this a free trial of the what Virgin is calling a “revolutionary multimedia magazine”. Projects is updated daily with international culture, entertainment, design, business and travel topics.
The original plan for the TELUS Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate was to have the upgrade to Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) be available early 2011… then Samsung came out saying the software “is currently being tested and we are working on a release for later in December 2010”. Taking a look at the Samsung site certainly looks like an early resent arrived for Fascinate owners! The upgrade is through Keis and provides the following goodness:
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 – for a better web browsing experience
Faster Performance – faster website loading and device navigation
Better for Business – with enhanced exchange integration and new security features
Go forth here at Samung
TELUS struck a deal with Yellow Pages back in September to have their mobile app pre-loaded on various BlackBerry devices. Part of the reason was to provide customers with a quick way to find numbers really fast (rather than having to call 411). If you have a BlackBerry Bold 9780 through TELUS the app have now being pushed OTA (over the air) for you too enjoy too – if it’s not there yet simply reboot your device. Other features of the app allows you to book a restaurant reservation and get driving directions. The Yellow Pages app has been downloaded over 1.8 million times.
Last week a few Google engineers and students from the University of California sent 7 styrofoam beer coolers with helium-filled weather balloons, video cameras and Nexus S devices up into space. The purpose was “to see how well the phone’s sensors cope with a freezing cold near-vacuum”… plus it made for great publicity.
Today Google has released a minute video of “unaltered footage of an Android at over 100,000 ft above the Earth’s surface” (all shot by the Nexus S). To capture the footage Google says they had several app running: Google Maps for Mobile 5.0, Google Sky Map, Latitude and a custom sensor logging app. Check out the video and full impressive stats after the break (more…)
It’s expected that WIND Mobile will release a follow up to the BlackBerry Bold 9700 with the Bold 9780. It’s just a matter of when. According to this inventory screenshot it’s pointing to be soon. No official dates or pricing but one would believe this is a device that they will release in January 2011. Specs have this Bold coming with a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, WiFi and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card.
Other devices that we’ll see in 2011 are more Android and also possibly their first tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook
You just might want to hold off getting that Android or BlackBerry device until Boxing Day. One of our tipsters has sent us the upcoming Best Buy Mobile Boxing Days deals and here are the highlights. In addition it looks like they are sweetening the pot by throwing in a various amounts of gift cards on these devices:
TELUS HTC Desire – $0 plus a $150 gift card
Bell HTC Desire Z – $0 plus a $150 gift card
Samsung Galaxy S Captivate – $0 plus a $125 gift card
Virgin HTC Legend – $0 plus a $200 gift card
Koodo BlackBerry Curve – $0 and get a free $100 gift card
Plus when you purchase a BlackBerry they are giving you a $200 gift card
Good deals if you’re into 3-year contracts… but free is always good.
A few weeks ago Rogers VP John Boynton stated that “we’ve seen strong tablet sales this year. Stronger than expected and we expected it to explode in the next 12 months. In fact, we expect tablets to lead our mobile internet category mix in 2011″. A sign of things to come…
Rogers currently sells the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Dell Streak. Next year they will add the BlackBerry PlayBook. There are a couple current plans: $15 gives you 250MB of data and $35 gives you 5GB of data… Starting tomorrow, December 23rd, Rogers will be introducing no-contract Flex Rate pricing for both the Galaxy Tab and iPad. Here are the details:
Prices for Non-Quebec:
$20.00 for 0 to 500MB
$35.00 for 501MB to 5GB (above this will a charge of 2 cents per MB)
(Plus the Government Regulatory Recovery Fee)
Prices for Quebec only:
$21.96 for 0 to 500MB
$36.96 for 501MB to 5GB (above this will a charge of 2 cents per MB)
Update: Included in these plans are Unlimited Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace Bebo, LinkedIn, Flickr, Photobucket). Also, this is a limited time offer until January 7th.
More options for you…
SaskTel continues to expand their new 3G+ network, seems like the build out is going incredibly fast – and even better is the way they are communicating updates. Every week they send out a notice of where the network coverage has reached. Today 17 new locations have been added and you can check them out after the break (more…)
Live in the Montreal area? Itching to get yourself a Samsung Captivate? We like looking for mobile deals and Rogers dealer Planète Mobile has discounted the Android-powered device to the ripe price of free on a 3-year. Something to consider this holiday season (it’s usually $99.99)
Check it here at Planète Mobile
This year new-entrants worked hard to get their service off the ground. First it was WIND Mobile, then Public Mobile and finally Mobilicity. As for known new-entrant subscriber numbers: Wind will “be well north of 200,000 by the end of the year” and Mobilicity just declared they’ve “added over 50,000 new subscribers in just the fourth quarter”. Public Mobile has not released any official numbers.
The reason these new players came into play was due to a Government Spectrum Auction to increase competition. The Industry Minister stated before the auction that “Our government’s intentions are clear: to achieve lower prices, better service and more choice for consumers and business. We believe in relying on market forces to the maximum extent feasible because competition benefits consumers, and consumers benefit most when markets are as competitive as they can be.”
Competition has certainly increased. Prices have dropped for both handsets and monthly plans. Various a nalysts and industry execs have stated that the Canadian wireless market cannot handle the number of carriers we currently have… thus believing that in 2011 we will start to see carrier consolidations. There is an interesting read in the Financial Post that says Public Mobile has “approached” the other new entrants or investors to merge and form a partnership. Public Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic said that “I don’t think there is any question in my mind that it would be good for all parties concerned that the new entrants consolidate. If you brought these three together, you’d have a really strong national footprint, distribution, call-centre efficiencies [and] stable pricing”.
In the same article a quote by Phillip Huang at UBS says that “Consolidation would repair the market structure… With fewer players price stabilizes”. Really? Is the market structure in need of repair and does Canadian pricing need to be stabilized? Are these not the reasons the Government created room for new entrants?
So if 2011 is the year of carriers being consolidated… who do you think will join together?
Source: Financial Post